Stein forced out of ABC

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Ginny Stein (photo credit: ABC)The ABC has made veteran reporter Ginny Stein redundant.

The Australian’s Stephen Brook reported that she was served a redundancy “against her will.” Stein was one of four reporters at current affairs show Lateline who were invited to apply for two specific positions since the show was scrapped last November after 27 years on the air. She is already preparing legal action over her sudden exit. ABC management has declined to elaborate.

Stein had been engaging in other assignments during the run-up to Lateline’s cancellation. One of these assignments was covering the death of Filipino teenager Kian delos Santos, who was allegedly executed by police officers during an anti-drug operation in the Philippines despite not being under suspicion. The shooting has already generated public outrage against Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and his drug war.

Stein is a three-time Walkley Awards honouree for her investigative coverage in Myanmar, Zimbabwe, and Rwanda.

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NewsCorp announces the News Prestige Network

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NewsCorp Australia has opened a new publishing department comprising its top mastheads, called the News Prestige Network.

Under the setup, NewsCorp will bundle The Australian, and Conde Nast International magazines such as Vogue Australia, Vogue Living and GQ Australia together. The aim is to attract top advertisers into the three luxury magazines plus The Australian’s own lifestyle/luxury inserts.

Current CEO of The Australian Nicholas Gray has been named as the Network’s publisher, handling overall commercial, product, and marketing work. The Australian’s editor-in-chief, Paul Whittaker, and his Vogue Australia counterpart, Edwina McCann, are in charge of the Network’s editorial roadmap. McCann is also editorial director for Vogue Australia, Vogue Living, and GQ Australia.

All three officials will also collaborate on commercial development for the publications.

Andrew Cook comes over to serve as the Network’s new GM for advertising while also taking

ACS IT Journalism Awards: Entries close tonight + ticket sales now open

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Tonight is the last chance to enter the 16th Annual ACS IT Journalism Awards, with the final categories of Best Corporate Content and the ACS Award for Achievement in Investigative Journalism both closing at midnight.
 
For those who have already completed their nominations, we would like to thank you for participating in this year's competition. Please also note that nominations for the David Hellaby Best Media Relations award will follow in the coming weeks.
 
Any last minute entries can be submitted via http://www.thelizzies.com/enter-the-awards/ before midnight — and those having difficulties making the deadline should contact us immediately.
 
As always, entrants into our non-media/public relations categories will be afforded a complimentary ticket to attend the awards dinner on Friday, March 23rd at Luna Park, courtesy of the Australian Computer Society.
 
We are also delighted to open up ticket sales, which can be purchased via The Lizzies&rs

28 Fairfax NZ papers face uncertain future

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Twenty-eight community and rural newspapers which Fairfax Media operates in New Zealand will be either sold or closed due to falling print revenue.

Fairfax group CEO Greg Hywood said the closure, which comprises 35% of its Kiwi print base, is in light of increased user interest in digital content, particularly over Fairfax’s Stuff NZ and Neighbourly brands. Fairfax earlier reported that its NZ media arm earned 4.5% percent lower revenues for H2 2017, at $160 million year-on-year. This includes lower print advertising sales ($77.2 million) and subscriptions ($48.8 million) against a 33% spike in digital revenues logged at $24.2 million.

The publications on the closure block include the NZ Dairy Farmer, Discover Magazine, Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook, Waitaki Herald, and the Canterbury Farmer. Around 60 people are expected to be redundant.  

"We appreciate that this process creates a level of uncertainty for some people - and we will move as quickly as possible to pro

Messenger leaves Public Health Research and Practice

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Anne Messenger has stepped down from her editorship at Public Health Research & Practice.

She is now making herself available for freelance editing and proofreading work.

Messenger primarily focuses on medical content pieces, having edited for the Australian Medical Association and Medical Observer for six years’ total. She was with Public Health Research & Practice for five years.

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SCA opens talent development wing

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Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) has opened Hubble, an in-house talent development arm.

SCA management is gearing the development team to train new radio personalities and to hone talent for other opportunities such as podcasting and online radio. An internal software platform that SCA spent a year putting together will help in the training.

Standup comedians Lewis Spears and Luke Kidgell are Hubble’s first candidates, who are set to have a Sunday-night show on Fox FM Melbourne. Two more shows featuring Hubble talent are being planned later this year.

“Hubble is set to revolutionise the way we discover, develop and deploy talent for our networks. We are excited to pioneer a new approach to the discovery and development of future audio and radio personalities, provide an increased number of opportunities to talent, and create exciting new content for our listeners,” said SCA CEO Grant Blackley.

AdNews reshuffles staff

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Changes are afoot within AdNews’ editorial team.

The publication revealed that current digital editor Pippa Chambers is moving up to editor. She replaces Rosie Baker, who stepped down after five years to join GroupM as its new communications director, as reported over Influencing.

The online editor spot is now assigned to Lindsay Bennett, who had been with the company since beginning a cadetship three years ago. Senior journalist Arvind Hickman takes over the news editor position.

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Todoroska lands Mamamia managing editor gig

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Valentina Todoroska has been called up as the Mamamia Womens Network’s new managing editor.

The promotion is another feather in Todoroska’s cap, as she has been with the company for the past four years. She served with Mamamia in numerous positions, including deputy editor, morning editor, and evening editor, plus acting managing editor in late 2015 and early 2016.

Todoroska also succeeds Kylie Rogers, who recently stepped down as managing director for a new commercial directorship at the AFL.

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